This Coastal Wedding is Everything We Love About Our Region

Shades of ocean blue, warm natural textures, cozy family vibes, dapper puppers, oh my! Lauren and Austin's special day is all things we adore about coastal-inspired weddings in Virginia! Photographed by Marshall Arts Photography, the lovebirds always knew they wanted to get married where their love story began at Sandbridge in Virginia Beach.

Years ago one Memorial Day weekend, Lauren headed down to the beach with her college best friend and stayed at her friend's godparents' home... which also happened to be Austin's parents' place! It was only a matter of time when their paths would cross, and a vacay away with mutual family connections was meant to be destiny. Fast forward to a pandemic Christmas proposal bringing much light into a difficult year, the two got to planning an outdoor celebration by the seaside where it all started.

With a color palette inspired by the sea and earthy tones, Austin and Lauren envisioned a beautiful waterfront family and friends-centric day with their two pups, Riggs and Duke, at their side. Their wedding party's attire of dusty blue and sandy beige complemented the range of gorgeous coastal favorites like driftwood, oyster shells, and rattan while their textured florals gave windswept shapes to their bouquets and boutonnieres.

Led by their wedding planner Timeless Styled Events and styled by Kate Fiore Floral Design, Lauren and Austin's ceremony overlooked the water with a giant moongate arch anchoring the open air space to their vows. Riggs and Duke were, of course, very good boys as their humans said I Do! Thankfully since everything was outside, there was a lot more to enjoy with the surrounding nature and to keep everyone healthy and safe while celebrating. All good parties have fantastic food, great music, wonderful company, and definitely mouthwatering cake, and this wedding was no exception! Can we please talk about the gorgeous two-tiered cake beauty speckled with gilded blue flowers in front of their custom neon sign!? Because we're pretty sure we need that setup anytime there's a dessert present.

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Photography: Marshall Arts Photography | Venue: Private Residence | Wedding Planning: Timeless Styled Events | Videography: Justin Bayless | Florals: Kate Fiore Floral Design | Officiant: Family Friend | Rentals & Linens: Hampton Roads Event Rentals | Catering: Catherine's Catering | Hair: The Hair Days | Makeup: Beauty by Tiffany | Cake: Rachel Bakes | Cake Topper: Rawkrft via Etsy | Band: Hotcakes | Wedding Rings: Diamonds Direct | Bride's Gown: Lillian West from Urban Set Bride | Bride's Earrings: Dareth Colburn Designs via Etsy | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Stationery, Signage, & Favors: CelebrationsbyCP via Etsy | Bridal Party Pajamas: Seline Lounge via Etsy | Personalized Clutch Purse: PS Lets Celebrate via Etsy | Ring Box: My Crafting Nest via Etsy | Neon Sign: Barker Creates via Etsy | Ring Bearer's Attire: Little Boy Swag via Etsy | Embroidered Handkerchiefs: Three Letters by Christina | Monogrammed Cups & Koozies: Totally Promotional

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